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By ZACHARY HALASCHAK
Daily News Staff Writer
Gov. Bill Walker has appointed a new member to his tribal advisory council.
In a press release Wednesday, the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced that Will Ware has been appointed to fill the transportation seat on the Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council.
Ware has experience with transportation as he has served as tribal transportation manager for the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska since 2013.
Walker created the Governor's Tribal Advisory Council in 2015 to address issues facing tribes in Alaska. The council’s 11 members represent different interests within the tribal community, including wildlife and fisheries, housing, subsistence, public safety, justice, language and culture, economic development, energy and natural resources, health care, education and transportation.
In his current role, Ware is in charge of administering Tribal Transportation Program funding to the Organized Village of Saxman as well as the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
Further bolstering his resume, Ware currently serves as chairperson of the Inter-Tribal Transportation Association, as well as the National Congress of American Indians Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
“I am honored to have been appointed to the Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council,” Ware said in the press release. “In this capacity, I hope to continue to bring before our state’s leadership the importance of collaboration between the Alaska Department of Transportation and Alaska’s federally recognized tribes and need for regular and reliable transportation access to and from, as well as within our rural communities.”
“Access to medical services, shopping, cultural events and school-related travel are essential to the health and well-being of our region and rural communities,” Ware added.
Members of the advisory counsel are appointed by the governor and serve three-year terms.